SRHS: One of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement
Orthopedic care at Samaritan Regional Health System is in the top 5% in the nation according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The study also found that Samaritan Regional Health System was ranked among the top 5 hospitals in the State of Ohio for joint replacement for the third consecutive year. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.
Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.
Samaritan Regional Health System was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:
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• One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
• Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
• Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
• Ranked #3 in OH for Joint Replacement in 2013
• Ranked Among the Top 10 in OH for Joint Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013) (Ranked 3 in 2013)
• Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)
• Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)
• Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
“We are very pleased to be recognized for the outstanding orthopedic program we are providing to our community,” said Danny Boggs, CEO of SRHS. “Samaritan is committed to improving quality throughout our system, and this achievement is an example of the outcomes that can be reached with great teamwork. That team is lead by dedicated orthopedic surgeons; nurses along a continuum of care from pre-hospital education all the way to post-hospital home care; therapists; lab and X-Ray technologists; social workers; dietary; housekeeping staff; and many more behind the scenes. Orthopedics is clearly an area of service focus for Samaritan, and we want to do the best possible for these patients.”
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Patients being treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars have, on average, 61% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals receiving 1 star (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries). Additionally, a total of 183,534 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level.
The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes were posted October 23 and are free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.
Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.